WMAA Energy from Waste 2016 Conference

Keynote Speakers

Anne Rabier
Vice President of Municipal Projects, SUEZ

Anne Rabier heads the Municipal Projects Department in the Recycling and Recovery Projects Division of SUEZ.
Anne and her team provides support for a wide range of waste treatment projects for SUEZ’s businesses across the world.
Before joining the Waste Projects Division in 2007, Anne was working for SUEZ’s subsidiary (formerly Degrémont) specialising in Waste Water Treatment as a Construction Project Manager.
Anne has a Mechanical Engineering Degree with a post graduate degree in Mechanics and a Master of Business Administration from IAE Paris.

Kevin Whiting
Senior Technical Director, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Kevin has over 30 years’ experience in the field of thermal engineering and waste management treatment technologies. He is recognised worldwide as an expert in combustion, gasification and pyrolysis of various waste streams and has significant experience with other waste treatment
techniques such as anaerobic digestion and MBT, including SRF production and utilisation.

These activities have encompassed many industry sectors including oil, gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, food, renewable energy and waste management.

Ruedi Kummer
Managing Director, Renergia Zentralschweiz AG

Ruedi Kummer is a mechanical engineer with 25 years’ experience in Energy from Waste. In 2010, Ruedi became Project Manager of the 220,000 tpy Renergia EfW plant which was commissioned in 2015.

Today, Ruedi is the Managing Director of the Renergia plant situated next to Lucerne, Switzerland.


Alex Upitis
Environmental Engineer, Talis Consultants

Alex is an Environmental Engineer and works for Talis Consultants as a Waste Management Consultant. Alex specialises in sustainable waste management services to local government and commercial waste companies. He provides strategic direction related to waste and provides the foundation for implementing waste infrastructure projects.

Andrew Street
Director, SLR Consulting Limited

Andrew has more than 30 years’ experience as an environmental consultant and is a founding Director of SLR. Areas of expertise include integrated waste management, waste management planning and policy, waste minimisation, waste facility development and design and waste services and infrastructure procurement. He has experience of working on projects across the globe, and specifically across Europe, North America, Australia and south-east Asia. In the last few years Andy has committed much of his time to supporting waste infrastructure procurement processes both for the public and private sectors and undertaking technical and commercial due diligence on technology and project development proposals.

Anthony Douglas
Project Engineer, Phoenix Energy Australia

Anthony began his career as a process engineer with Davy John Brown (now Jacobs Australia). He has held roles of business consultant and project manager with other companies before joining Phoenix Energy Australia as a Project Engineer in 2010.  Anthony is responsible for both business development and oversight of Phoenix Energy’s waste to energy project developments.

Ben Sawley
Chief Operating Officer, ResourceCo

Ben is the Chief Operating Officer for ResourceCo. Prior to ResourceCo Ben was the National General Manager for Transpacific’s Post Collections business, held a number of General Management roles with Boral, was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and started his career with Unilever. He has worked across Australasia, the US and Europe. He holds degrees in Engineering (Mechanical) and Business (Marketing) as well as an MBA from the Melbourne Business School. Ben is passionate about sustainable energy and resource recovery.”

Bodo Roehs
Business Development Manager, Steinmüller Babcock Environment GmbH

Mr. Bodo Roehs has been working for Steinmueller Babcock GmbH for more than 5 years as Business Development Manager. Supporting in market and product related decisions for the company’s portfolio Mr. Roehs facilitates the Management in strategic tasks. At the same time he is integrated in the operational business by taking care of new developing markets and key account customers. Before joining Steinmueller Babcock GmbH and entering into the environmental business Mr. Roehs had gained broad experience in management and sales consulting in various industries (automotive, public transport, etc.). Mr. Roehs studied business administration and transport engineering in Germany. He also holds an MBA degree from Henley Business School/ UK.

Bruce Howie
Vice President, HDR Incorporated

Bruce is a Vice President and Professional Associate for HDR’s Waste Management Market Sector.  He currently serves as the Practice Leader for HDR’s Waste to Resource Management Services Group. He has over 18 years of specific experience in the process design and operations of various types of resource recovery and waste conversion systems, including incineration with energy recovery, RDF combustion systems, gasification, pyrolysis, plasma arc systems, and waste-to-fuel.

Carlo Minini
Sales Business Development Manager, Turboden

Engineer with a passion for clean energy, after his studies in Italy and at the University of Colorado (USA), Carlo worked in the international humanitarian aid sector as Project Manager and Head of the Project in Water & Sanitation and Housing emergency programs in Africa and Asia. In Turboden since 2007, Carlo was first responsible for geothermal sales in Europe and Africa and is now business development manager for all Turboden ORCs applications (biomass, solar, geothermal, heat recovery and waste-to-energy) in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands.

Damien Bassett
Manager, Waste to Energy Services, Yarra Valley Water

Damien has extensive sales experience across a variety of industries, most recently with SUEZ Recycling & Waste Recovery in Victoria. He is currently Manager Waste to Energy Services with Yarra Valley Water, responsible for procurement and management of waste for the ReWaste branded facility. His role is also responsible for the operational relationship with Aquatech Maxcon, the subcontractor engaged for running the plant on a day-to-day basis.

Damon Roddis
Principal, General Manager, Pacific Environment

Damon Roddis is a Principal Consultant and Pacific Environment’s National Air Quality Practice Leader with extensive experience in the field of environmental science, specialising in all aspects of air quality and carbon management.  He has completed numerous air quality and odour assessments for power generation, the waste industry, mining, transport, waste water treatment and heavy industry. Damon provides technical guidance on atmospheric dispersion modelling and designs air quality monitoring networks for a variety of applications.


Daniel Roberts
Research Group Leader, CSIRO

Daniel is a Principal Research Scientist and a Research Group Leader with CSIRO Energy based in Brisbane. Daniel’s research interests are in the fundamentals of gasification and how they can be used to support industrial scale applications in a range of industry sectors. Daniel has 20 years’ experience working with researchers, technology developers, and authorities around the world on a wide range of issues relating to gasification technologies and their applications. He is particularly interested in addressing the technical barriers to gasification as part of the energy-from-waste solution, through the use of science and research to most appropriately match feedstocks, technologies, and applications.

David Dawson
Associate Principal, Arup

David is an Associate Principal with Arup.  David has been advising clients in the electricity, telecommunications, gas, ports & harbours and water sectors on market, regulatory, pricing and commercial matters for over twenty three years. 
David also has considerable experience in commercial business plan development and strategic analysis.  This includes experience in retail and wholesale competitive strategy for regulated and unregulated utility businesses.  He has considerable experience in financial and regulatory modelling, and modelling of price and revenue paths, opex and capex forecasting and historical prudency review, retail and wholesale tariff analysis and business and asset valuations. 

Edmund Fleck
Manager, Martin Biopower
Edmund Flecks was born in Berlin, Germany. He has Diploma in Physics from the RWTH Aachen in Ger-many. Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, USA. From 1986, has researched electrostatic precipitators for BBC Corporate Research in Dättwil, Switzerland and since 1990, has been involved in the field of Waste-to-Energy, in different positions (Technical Director, Sales Director) and locations (Zürich, Winterthur, Butzbach, Paris) in the ABB / ALSTOM Group.
In August 2002 became Managing Director at Martin Biopower and is also President of ESWET - European Suppliers of Waste to Energy Technology and a member of ISWA Working Group on Energy Recovery.
Elmar Offenbacher
Sales Manager, BDI-BioEnergy International

Elmar is Director Sales BioGas of BDI-BioEnergy International and has been working in the field of Waste to Energy for almost 20 years. Before he joined BDI in 2011, Elmar began his career as a process engineer with Austrian Energy & Environment for fluidised bed combustion technologies; from there he progressed to sales management and was also based at the Sydney office for several years to introduce sustainable technologies for the thermal treatment of waste materials.
Elmar is Master of Science and holds a degree in Chemical and Process Engineering of the Graz University of Technology in Austria.Heny Anning ciate Director - Corporate & Project Finanace, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Hazel Storey
Regional Strategic Coordinator, Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC)

Hazel has worked in sustainability for over 10 years; locally, statewide and nationally. As an Associate of the Centre of Local Government, NSW she has also undertaken research projects for the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government. Thinking strategically, for SSROC, she commissioned what we think is, the first social research project in Australia about what people think about energy from waste. Whilst in Europe in 2015 and 2014 she has also undertaken informal research for SSROC Councils related to community engagement around recovering energy from waste.

Henry Anning
Associate Director - Corporate & Project Finance, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Henry has been heavily involved in the Clean Energy's Finance Corporation bioenergy and energy from waste financing programs. He was previously an Associate Director at Low Carbon Australia where he focussed on bioenergy sector finance and industry engagement.
Prior to that, he spent seven years in management consulting and with a global engineering consulting firm. He holds degrees in Business and Science, and post-graduate qualifications in Law.

Jason Pugh
Chief Executive Officer, New Energy Corporation

Jason Pugh is the Chief Executive Officer for New Energy Corporation and has been with the company since 2010. Mr Pugh has led the development of two projects in Western Australia, including site selection, successful EPA & Development Approvals, project finance and community engagement for the Company. Jason holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and has been successfully developing technology companies since 1993. Mr Pugh was previously the CFO of QED Limited a leading water treatment company and he managed the company's Australian Stock Exchange listing in August 2001. Prior to that he was the CFO of Underwater World International, a company that developed public aquariums in Australia, China and Spain.

Dr John Sanderson
Principal Environmental Engineer, Earth Systems

Dr Sanderson is an engineering consultant with specialist expertise in the field of bioenergy and pyrolysis processes. After completing a PhD in chemical engineering at Monash University, John worked at the CSIRO in the area of metallurgical and mineral processing equipment. John now works at Earth Systems where he is a principal level consultant in the Carbon and Energy team. His work has included GHG auditing, industrial energy efficiency, regional renewable energy feasibility studies, waste to energy consulting and the design and development of bioenergy systems.  John is co-creator of Earth Systems' CharMaker MPP20 mobile pyrolysis plant, a mobile platform for in-field biochar production.  

Meris Zheng
PhD Candidate, Victoria University

Meris has over the last ten years, supported private corporations and governments in creating sustainable solutions to complex environmental management issues. Her fields of expertise include; Social Environmental Impact Assessment and Waste Management technology transfer. She is currently the Managing Director at EnviroInsights Pty Ltd, an environmental advisory firm. Since 2013, the company has been working with HuBei and Shangdong Provincial Governments providing training to officials representing the local government and industry in; environmental management, energy efficiency and sustainability.
In 2015, she started working with Victoria University and three city councils within great Melbourne in the resident’s food waste management strategy and treatment technology development research and pilot plant design

Dr Marc Stammbach
Managing Director, Hitachi Zosen Inova Australia

Dr Marc Stammbach is Managing Director of Hitachi Zosen Inova Australia. Marc designed, marketed and built recycling and processing facilities for more than 30 years in environmental and large-scale investment industries in Australia and Europe. These projects include around 500 MW or 1 Mio tons per year residual waste-to-energy capacity.
Marc is a Chemical Engineer and holds a Doctorate in Science from ETHZ, Zurich, and a Business Degree from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Mark Berry
Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright (UK)

Mark Berry is a projects lawyer based in the banking team in London, specialising in PPP, PFI, project finance and mining projects. He has particular expertise in the waste, health, transport and mining sectors. Mark's experience includes advising on a number of project financed waste schemes including PFI and merchant/commercial projects. He also advises on rail PPP schemes in the UK and internationally. He is also very experienced in the PPP accommodation sectors for health, defence and education. Mark also advises in relation to the EPC and EPCM contracting arrangements on mining and natural resource projects. Mark began his career practising as an engineer and holds Chartered Engineer status. He began his legal career in house at the German construction company Philipp Holzmann. He is a member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

Mark Conlon
Chief Executive Officer, Waste Aid

Mark grew up on the south coast of NSW where he had personal experience with the Yuin people and since that time he has developed a deep respect for the Aboriginal peoples of NSW and through his work with the Aboriginal peoples of western NSW.
Mark has more than 20 years-experience in senior roles in NSW government and most recently as a member of the NSW Aboriginal Affairs Executive where he was responsible for development of Aboriginal community governance, leadership and community engagement and was regional director for western NSW. He is currently the CEO for Waste Aid.

Nigel Aitchinson
Partner, Head of Environment, Foresight Group

Nigel Aitchinson has over 20 years' experience in the waste industry and prior to joining Foresight was a Director at Shanks Waste Management Limited. He previously held a variety of positions across operations and business development in the Waste sector including leading the successful bid for the East London Waste Authority £15 billion PFI project and managing Shank's £45 million turnover PFI portfolio.’

Noel Davies
Director, Aurora Environmental
Noel is a Director at Aurora Environmental providing specialised and strategic advice in the areas of waste management, contaminated sites management and environmental Impact assessment. He is an experienced environmental engineer and project manager whose areas of specialist expertise include pollution control and waste management.
Noel lead the team responsible for achieving the environmental approvals for New Energy Corporation’s two Waste to Energy Facility proposals located at East Rockingham and Port Hedland. Prior, Noel has held a number of senior roles in both the Department of Health and agencies responsible for protection of the environment.
Noni Shannon
Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Noni has over 20 years’ experience advising government and private sector participants on waste and energy projects and understands the key issues and new opportunities for waste companies in today’s evolving market. She is renowned for navigating the policy and legal landscape shaping the sector and taking a holistic approach to assist industry and landowners achieve their long-term objectives. As a leading lawyer ranked in Chambers Asia-Pacific, Doyles Guide and Best Lawyers in Australia, Noni has a keen interest in sustainability and regularly advises clients on the environmental and planning aspects of complex energy, infrastructure and property developments.

Dr Peter Tsantrizos
President and Chief Executive Officer, Tarragon

Dr Peter Tsantrizos was born in Athens, Greece.  He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from McGill University. Between 1983 and 1988 he worked for Canada’s National Research Council where he developed various plasma technologies for the production of advanced materials. In 1991, Peter founded PyroGenesis Inc. a company that developed and commercialized a number of advanced materials as well as some leading environmental technologies and in 2004, founded Terragon and has served as the Company’s President and CEO ever since.  

Rhian Tough
Senior Policy Officer - Waste Strategy, Environment Protection Authority EPA

Rhian Tough is a Senior Policy Officer in Waste Strategy team at the NSW Environment Protection Authority. The team is responsible for regulatory reform, policy and strategy development, including the NSW Energy from Waste Policy Statement, and supporting innovative solutions to problem wastes. Rhian’s key areas of expertise are energy from waste and regulatory reform. Rhian has worked at the EPA for 3 years and has previously worked in environmental compliance, risk management and product certification across Australia and New Zealand in waste and manufacturing industries. Rhian is a Master in Environmental Studies and holds a Degree in Psychology and Anthropology from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. 

Roger Bligh
Sales Director, Outotec

After some 10 years of working in alumina refinery operations, Roger joined the then Lurgi Australia (now Outotec) in 1987 for the commissioning and then expansion of the Waste Management Authority’s Liquid Waste Treatment Plant in Lidcombe, Sydney, including addition of biological treatment to the original chemical/thermal processes. He has since been responsible for technology and business development of a number of Outotec’s technologies including alumina refineries and calcination, sulphuric acid plant, industrial water treatment and waste-to energy/biomass-to-energy. Roger now has sales responsibly for Outotec’s Metals, Energy and Water business in S.E. Asia Pacific.

Ronan Kellaghan
Senior Manager, Air Quality, Ramboll Environ

Ronan Kellaghan has 17 years of professional experience and has been consulting in air quality for the past 11 years. His areas of expertise include dispersion modelling, emission estimation, odour assessment, monitoring, management and greenhouse gas assessment. Ronan has delivered significant consultancy projects for government and, in the private sector, has delivered more than 100 air quality assessments for industries and sectors including mining/extractive, waste and wastewater treatment, energy, energy from waste, infrastructure and food/agriculture. Ronan has prepared and presented evidence for the NSW Land & Environment Court and been involved in legal mediation and Section 34 conferencing. He has presented on air quality issues for a Senate Enquiry into air quality and health and engaged with the community through community consultation committees and community information sessions for various projects. Before moving to Australia, Ronan worked for the UK Environment Agency and was involved in statutory reporting under various EU Directives.

Simon Currie
Global Head of Energy, Norton Rose Fulbright

Simon is an international market leader in the renewable energy sector and has a particular focus on bioenergy projects.    He has advised governments, developers, funders and contractors on bioenergy projects in over 20 countries.  He understands what is required to successfully develop a bioenergy project and how to meet the differing objectives of all major stakeholders.

Stephen Fitzpatrick
Director Waste Services, Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council

Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree from UWA, majoring in Chemistry with Honours in chemistry. He also has a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from University College London and a Master of Business Administration from UWA and is a member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers. Steve is the EMRC’s Director of Waste Services and has been with the EMRC for 13 years in a project development role on the Councils resource recovery projects. Previous to this Steve worked for Hyder Consulting and for CSBP in environmental management, engineering and project development and production of fertilisers and chemicals. Steve has over 40 years’ experience in industry, consulting and local government waste management.

Steve Reece
Technical Services Manager, Tellus Holdings Ltd

Steve is Technical Services Manager for Tellus Holdings, a company developing two geological repositories in Australia for the permeant isolation of difficult to manage wastes. Steve is a Chartered Mining Engineer with over 30 years' operational experience in coal and evaporite mining. In the mid 1990’s he moved to salt mining and was Mine Manager and Chief Mining Engineer at Compass Minerals Winsford Rocksalt Mine where he was a key member of the team who planned and implemented Minosus, the UK’s first underground hazardous waste disposal facility, and Deepstore.

Toshinori Nii
General Manager, Waste Treatment Systems Engineering Division, Kobelco Eco-Solutions

Toshinori Nii is the General Manager, International EfW Proposals and Projects at Kobelco Eco-Solutions. He started his career in 1983 at Kobe Steel Limited and 2003 commenced at Kobelco Eco-Solutions where he has held several positions in different departments such as: Water Treatment systems, Waste, Marketing and Technical Development and International Operations.

Vicki Critchley
Project Engineer, Elton Consulting

Vicky is a qualified research scientist and environmental planner and for the last nine years has been working at Elton Consulting, leading their sustainability policy and practice area. Vicky has over fifteen years of experience in relation to sustainability and resource management both at Local Government and in the private sector. At Elton Consulting, she has been responsible for delivering integrated sustainability governance and management systems for major bid strategies and development projects. Her work has also involved designing and delivering evaluation, research and engagement processes to support natural resource and environmental policy development.

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